Best practices in public participation for conservation

Wendy Lowe

The Participation Company

Wendy Green Lowe has 30 years experience in public participation and group process facilitation. She works with federal agencies (including the Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, Air Force, Environmental Protection Agency, and Department of Energy), state agencies (including Departments of Health and Welfare, Environmental Quality, and Fish and Game), and numerous local governments and non-profits.  She has worked on issues ranging from nuclear and hazardous waste management to mental health services, species conservation, childcare, biomass utilization, sustainable development, and watershed management.  Wendy is a Certified Professional Facilitator under the auspices of the International Association of Facilitators and a long-standing member, current Board member, and licensed trainer for the International Association for Public Participation.  In addition, she has been on the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution’s roster of environmental facilitators since 2001.  She specializes in creating respectful processes for groups with diverse perspectives to achieve consensus on contentious issues. 


What is public participation? Who is the public? Why would we involve them? What could they possibly say that would be helpful? The International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) defines public participation as any... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Wendy Lowe (The Participation Company)

Topic Areas

Topics: Engaging with the Public , Topics: Collaborative Conservation


T-3C » Effective Stakeholder and Public Engagement at Multiple Scales (13:00 - Tuesday, 19th September, Assembly Hall C)

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